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C3 BIOTECH has partnered with the US Naval Centre at China Lake, California in a programme funded by the Office of Naval Research Global to develop bio-based production routes for aviation fuel precursors at scale.

Through its Visiting Scientists Program and Research Grants, ONR-Global has funded researchers from C3 BIOTECH Ltd/The University of Manchester, in a coordinated effort with the United Kingdom’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), to develop biosynthetic routes to important aviation precursors.

As the commercial partner, C3 BIOTECH is tasked with developing scaled manufacturing pathways for aviation fuel.


Many waste streams from industrial and agricultural production in developing countries are being left completely underutilised and ultimately create substantial ongoing problems from the inevitable pollution they leave behind.

C3 BIOTECH’s recent Waste to Wealth project in India (which is being co-sponsored with support from the BBSRC, Innovate UK and the Newton Bhabha fund) has been set up to develop industrial processes to create high value chemicals from paper mill waste.

C3 BIOTECH is constantly working to develop new metabolic pathways and organisms which have important roles to play in turning problematic, low value waste streams into high value chemical materials using natural biological processes. These techniques avoid using existing expensive and ‘dirty’ conventional chemical engineering processes, thus generating significant added value to the economic prosperity of a nation while at the same time reducing the impact of industrial wastes upon the global environment.